Public Property Sales

Listed below are applicable state and local requirements regarding the sale of public land. Also, an attachment containing the proposed contract with Cross Sound Ferry is included at the bottom of this page.

    Connecticut Public Act 07-218

      Public Act No. 07-218
      AN ACT CONCERNING THE SALE, LEASE OR TRANSFER OF MUNICIPAL PROPERTY.
      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
      Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2007) (a) The legislative body of a municipality, or in any municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting or representative town meeting, the board of selectmen, shall conduct a public hearing on the sale, lease or transfer of real property owned by the municipality prior to final approval of such sale, lease or transfer. Notice of the hearing shall be published in a newspaper having a general circulation in such municipality where the real property that is the subject of the hearing is located at least twice, at intervals of not less than two days, the first not more than fifteen days or less than ten days and the last not less than two days before the date set for the hearing. The municipality shall also post a sign conspicuously on the real property land that is the subject of the public hearing.
      (b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to (1) sales of real property, except parkland, open space or playgrounds, if the fair market value of such property does not exceed ten thousand dollars, and (2) renewals of leases where there is no change in use of the real property.
      Approved July 11, 2007


    Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 8-24

      Sec. 8-24. Municipal improvements. No municipal agency or legislative body shall (1) locate, accept, abandon, widen, narrow or extend any street, bridge, parkway or other public way, (2) locate, relocate, substantially improve, acquire land for, abandon, sell or lease any airport, park, playground, school or other municipally owned property or public building, (3) locate or extend any public housing, development, redevelopment or urban renewal project, or (4) locate or extend public utilities and terminals for water, sewerage, light, power, transit and other purposes, until the proposal to take such action has been referred to the commission for a report. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a municipality may take final action approving an appropriation for any proposal prior to the approval of the proposal by the commission pursuant to this section. The failure of the commission to report within thirty-five days after the date of official submission of the proposal to it for a report shall be taken as approval of the proposal. In the case of the disapproval of the proposal by the commission the reasons therefor shall be recorded and transmitted to the legislative body of the municipality. A proposal disapproved by the commission shall be adopted by the municipality or, in the case of disapproval of a proposal by the commission subsequent to final action by a municipality approving an appropriation for the proposal and the method of financing of such appropriation, such final action shall be effective, only after the subsequent approval of the proposal by (A) a two-thirds vote of the town council where one exists, or a majority vote of those present and voting in an annual or special town meeting, or (B) a two-thirds vote of the representative town meeting or city council or the warden and burgesses, as the case may be. The provisions of this section shall not apply to maintenance or repair of existing property, public ways or buildings.
      (1949 Rev., S. 857; 1959, P.A. 679, S. 5; 1963, P.A. 617; 1971, P.A. 862, S. 7; P.A. 85-365, S. 1, 2.)


    New London City Charter Section Sec. 68


    New London Code of Ordinances Sec. 2-70

      Sec. 2-70. Disposal of property.
      The purchasing agent shall form time to time oversee the sale of real and personal surplus property after advertising. All award of sales shall be made to the highest bidder, unless the council prescribes other public interest principles such as enhancement of employment, social and/or economic goals. The council shall accept or reject bids in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and all bids based on public interest goals.
      (Ord. of 7-2-90, § 6; Ord. No. 07-21-03-9, § 1)


    Proposed Agreement with Cross Sound Ferry (.pdf)

    See, also, the State Legislation link at left for addition information on this subject.